The Windows 8 Store is one of the fastest growing app stores, but one of the reasons behind this is an issue which the Windows Phone marketplace had long struggled with – Developers publishing hundreds of spam applications which are often simply RSS readers for specific websites with only the name and the feed changed. This issue is well illustrated by Win App Update, who note only 12% of developers are responsible for 61% of the apps in the app store, giving an average of more than 16 apps each for developers who have more than 5 apps in the store. Of course an argument can be made that the best applications will still float to the top, and that at this early stage quantity is more important than quality, at least until we get to 6 figures, but it does take some of the shine of the growth in ...

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Windows 8 developer and Microsoft employee Kevin Ashley has posted another Windows 8 success story, aptly illustrated by the Downloads graph from his app Card Games Chest, which is close to 100,000 downloads and is seeing 2000-3000 downloads per day. Prior to the full release of Windows 8 he was seeing around 300-400 downloads per day.  His app is monetized by ads and in-app purchases, and he notes they are happily keeping him in lunch and supper. He also used the demographics of the people who downloaded to debunk some Windows 8 myths. The first shows that plenty of people over 55 are downloading his app, demonstrating the myth that older Windows 8 users will not be able to get to grips with the changes in the OS is nonsense. The second graph, which is of people who use in-app purchases in the app, also shows that these over 55 ...

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There is an interesting article up on TechCrunch urging developers to “Get Your Ass To Metro” or to put it more gently, that the time is now for developers to join the Windows 8 Store, to take advantage of the small marketplace to gain a loyal following and some prominence before it becomes extremely crowded. The writer and developer Tadhg Kelly made of point of saying that this is likely the last major new app store to open, representing a massive but fleeting opportunity for developers who are bold enough to join the store before it is a proven success, rather than after with everyone else. As if to underline this thesis MetroTwit has just announced passing 100,000 downloads on Windows 8, little more than week after the official launch of the OS.  Windows 8 Metro still does not have an official twitter app, and it seems by the time ...

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Microsoft today introduced a new programming language called TypeScript in order to get JavaScript development to scale. JavaScript was originally introduced as a client-side scripting language for web pages limited to its Document Object Model (DOM). So, Microsoft thought JavaScript is missing many of the features necessary to be able to productively write and maintain large-scale applications. The result of the thought it TypeScript. Here is a short note about TypeScript, Enter TypeScript. TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript that combines type checking and static analysis, explicit interfaces, and best practices into a single language and compiler. By building on JavaScript, TypeScript keeps you close to the runtime you’re targeting while adding only the syntactic sugar necessary to support large applications and large teams. Importantly, TypeScript enables great tooling experiences for JavaScript development, like those we’ve built for .NET and C++ and continue to innovate on with projects like “Roslyn”.  This is true ...

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Microsoft today announced that it will start accepting apps for Windows Store from developers around the world. It  is now open for app submissions from all developers – individuals and companies – in over 120 countries. Microsoft has added 82 new app submission markets. Microsoft also announced a number of additional subscription program offerings for developers. All eligible MSDN subscribers receive a free, one-year Windows Store developer account as part of their MSDN benefits. There are over 1000 apps in Windows Store now and it is expected to grow rapidly as the Store is open now for all developers. Read more about it here. ...

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Windows 8 developers have a problem testing apps for tablets, given that the vast majority of PCs do not have touch screens. One touch screen device that has a pretty high penetration is however the iPad, and Splashtop’s Win8 Metro Testbed allows developers to remotely access their Windows 8 developer machine and try out all major Windows 8 gestures on their iPad. The app supports:     Swipe from the right to view the Charms menu     Swipe from the left to switch apps     Swipe left/right in Internet Explorer to move between pages     Swipe down to bring up additional menus     Swipe down on an item to select it     Pull down from the top to close an app     Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side ("snapping")     Swipe from left-and-back to show running apps     Pinch to navigate files, folders, apps and data with ...

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Microsoft today announced the Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Beta coming next week. The new version of developer tools will sport a new look and hundreds of new features that will make the developer environment much better. With this as the backdrop we set out in Visual Studio 11 to attack the tool overload challenge through thoughtful yet aggressive reduction in the following areas: Command Placements Colorized Chrome Line Work Iconography Microsoft also announced that the beta of this product will be available for download next week which Windows 8 beta gets released. You can read of TFS 11 release here. ...

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Microsoft today announced that there will be no MIX Developer conference this year. MIX was started in 2006 focusing on web developers for Microsoft Web platform and continued till 2011. Microsoft today blogged the following, As part of that reflection, we have decided to merge MIX, our spring web conference for developers and designers, into our next major developer conference, which we will host sometime in the coming year. I know a number of folks were wondering about MIX, given the time of year, so we wanted to make sure there’s no ambiguity, and be very clear… there will be no MIX 2012. So BUILD, which was a PDC replacement will be combined with MIX to make a single event that will be announced later this year. Read more at Microsoft Blog.  ...

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At last, Microsoft today released the final versions of Silverlight 5. Microsoft also released Silverlight 5 SDK and Developer tools for Visual Studio final versions today. New in Silverlight 5: Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives. While the future of Silverlight in web apps and mobile looks cloudy under Microsoft’s new HTML5 world, Silverlight’s Enterprise future looks great. Silverlight is still the best platform to develop LOB apps inside enterprise. Anyway, It took almost 20 months for Microsoft to deliver these stuff ! ! Download links: Silverlight 5: http://cot.ag/tlxYBn Silverlight 5 SDK : Download link Silverlight ...

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The day one of BUILD Windows conference is over. Here is the quick summary of what happened there, Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky took stage for the keynote. With little background of Windows 7,  Steven introduced Windows 8. Windows 8 is Windows reimagined. Windows 8 PC’s will have no compromise on any aspect of a PC. Windows 8′s core UI experience is shown. Windows 8 will sport new start screen with Live Tiles. Users can customize Live Tiles, rearrange them, group them, rename the groups,etc,. Windows 8 will have new Lock screen with picture based password support. Gesture support and multitasking on Windows 8 was shown. Metro Style apps will take full screen always and suspended when moved away from screen. New control panel for Metro UI with access to commonly used settings. User can switch back and forth between Windows 32 app and Metro Style app anytime. User can ...

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  NVIDIA today announced its Windows 8 Developer Program to provide developers with tools and resources for building applications on its ARM based processors and support x86 versions too. All four NVIDIA processor brands will support Windows 8. Nvidia is also working on next-generation, quad-core Tegra processor, code-named Project Kal-El, that will run Windows 8 on it. Find press release after the break. more on it here.   ...

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Microsoft revealed that they will be releasing a Kinect SDK for Windows under non-commercial license back at CES. Kinect SDK is now part of Microsoft Research. Winrumors is reporting that Microsoft will release Kinect SDK for Windows this week. President of Microsoft Spain, María Garaña revealed this news when speaking at a conference in Madrid. Kinect For Windows SDK will include the following, Robust Skeletal Tracking for high-performance capabilities that   track the skeleton image of one or two persons moving within the Kinect   field of view Advanced Audio capabilities, including four-element microphone array   with sophisticated acoustic noise and echo cancellation for great   audio; beam formation to identify the current sound source and   integration with the Windows speech recognition API also included XYZ depth camera for standard color camera stream access and depth   data that indicates the distance of the object from the Kinect camera Microsoft have planned for a Channel ...

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Microsoft have rebranded their Professional Developers Conference as BUILD. BUILD is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows. Learn how to work with the all new touch-centric user experience to create fast, fluid, and dynamic applications that leverage the power and flexibility of the core of Windows, used by more than a billion people around the world. Hear how the UI was designed to work seamlessly with a diversity of devices and form factors. Go behind the scenes and learn all about the new app model that allows you to create powerful new apps. All while retaining the ability to use your existing apps. Web-connected and web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript have access to the power of the PC.  Touch-optimized browsing, with the full power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10 transforms your experiences with the web.  ...

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Microsoft today announced the release of Bing Maps iOS SDK. The new SDK allows developers to use Bing maps in their applications in various ways. From Bing blog, Today, we’re excited to announce a new Bing Maps iOS SDK. This new SDK gives developers a set of Objective C classes to develop iPhone and iPad applications within Xcode, along with documentation and several sample projects to help them get started quickly. The iOS map control supports Bing’s road, aerial and hybrid aerial map styles, and includes the ability to add pushpins to the maps and access the user’s location via the GPS to locate the phone on the map. Bing team at Microsoft is ready to deliver the Bing experiences to literally all the platform in the world. With Partnership of Nokia-Microsoft, RIM-Microsoft, awesome Bing apps for iOS and fully integrated Bing on Windows Phone, The Mobile Search War has just ...

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Smixx – Developers (feat. Steve Ballmer) by Smixx Mobile developer Cory Smith created the above song, sampling Steve Ballmer’s famous “Developer, Developer, Developer” screed. He told Techcrunch  “I’m contrasting developing music and developing software in a hardcore rap kinda way, pretty entertaining. The Steve Ballmer sample is the icing on the cake,” The lyrics are below: Lyrics I’m a developer in many senses of the word cause I make these applications but I also use these verbs to make this music I construct it line by line just like when I’m coding another software design in both cases its about design patterns anyone can get the job done its the execution that matters I have many interests sometimes they conflict my creativity can usually be a benefit but sometimes it keeps me far too busy but I can’t complain because my life is hardly gritty so I think i’ll sit ...

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Developers..Developers..Developers..,the buzz word for Microsoft across all the time since its inception. Microsoft is a platform company, so its extremely important to focus on developers. There are number of platforms such as Windows Client, Windows Server, Office, Sharepoint,  Xbox, Silverlight,etc within Microsoft. Today Microsoft have announced the reorganisation of the developer efforts across the company to better improve the business. As part of the reorg, the Developer Tools Marketing and the Developer Platform & Evangelism will merge into Developer Division which is again is a part of Server and Tools division led by newly appointed Satya Nadella of Bing fame. Another important executive change is that, Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President of Clients platform will now be moved into Azure Application Platform team. So we can no longer watch red polo keynotes at Silverlight or Windows Phone keynotes. Find the full memo sent to Microsoft employees after the break. Source: All ...

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